Should parents snoop through their children's mobile phones?
CALLS for parents to tighten their grip on their children's mobile phone use have been backed in Gloucester.
Claire Perry, David Cameron's new adviser on childhood, has urged parents to check their children's texts and online exchanges.
The 48-year-old mother of three said "sexting" – where children send each other explicit images of themselves – went on in "pretty much every school in the country".
Mother-of-four Shazzy Bryan, of Linden, believes children should have their phones monitored.
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She said: "Sending naked pictures or sex videos to one another is grim and gross. These kids don't know the reaction this causes, you read things in the press about youngsters killing themselves because of the humiliation.
"Kids don't realise what effect it can have. Parents can only monitor so far though, it is down to the children themselves to take responsibility."
Last April, a 14-year-old boy from Cheltenham was arrested for circulating a pornographic video of himself and a 14 year-old girl from the Forest of Dean. Lyn Ackroyd is a governor at Calton Junior School, in Linden. She said: "Parents should help in teaching their children the responsibilities of owning a mobile phone from a young age."
Alistair Macnaughton, headmaster of The King's School, said: "We all need to be realistic about the issue of children and phones. Texting and children's use of social media will not disappear just because we are apprehensive about the dangers. I also agree with Claire Perry's idea that parents need to be prepared to police their children's use of these media, if it can be done with modicum of balance and a degree of respect."